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Buried in Buttercream (A Savannah Reid Mystery #17)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  783 ratings  ·  92 reviews
After a recent brush with death, plus-sized P.I. and bride-to-be Savannah Reid has decided to stop sweating the small stuff. But when an event planner comes in to arrange her wedding, Savannah discovers that murder can ruin even the best laid plans…

Hailed as the wedding planner to the stars, Madeline Aberson has orchestrated some of the most exclusive soirees in Hollywood.
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ebook, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Luna Raven
In the preceding book 'A Decadent Way to Die', the ending was both sad and shocking. Buried in Buttercream picks up three months later into a moment where things are better but disaster seems to following Savannah Reid, PI extraordinaire and her long time best friend who finally tying the knot.

One wedding results in the venue being burned down and the second ends with a murder, leaving Savannah, sadly unwed, forced to put up with her spoiled siblings and their bratty kids in her tiny house much
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Robert
This book deserves 3.5 stars, and for the purposes of Goodreads, I’ll round down my overall rating to 3 stars, since it’s hard for me to say I really liked this book. Sure, it was an entertainingly light, quick read, that didn’t require extensive amounts of brain power. I enjoyed Savannah and Dirk, and the rest of the clan, and it certainly had comic appeal with two wedding misfires, a rambunctious bunch of extended family, and many of the cities in Georgia were represented via character names. ...more
Brenda
Imagine if you will it's your wedding day, and shortly before the nuptials the building that you intend to use burns to the ground, everything gone, well that's what happened to PI Savannah Reid and her beau Dirk Coulter. They decide to try again, and use the services of wedding planner Madeline Aberson, and while she seems to know what she is doing Savannah really doesn't like her.When the big day arrives things seem to be going off without a hitch, well that is until someone finds Madeline's b ...more
Stacey Pagan
There are several other novels to this series; however, this is my first read by GA McKevett and what a read it was! I loved it from the first page to the last! Alas, I’m off to the library to start reading from the beginning!

Savannah, a plus-sized P.I., and Dirk have attempted to get married twice, with flops before both weddings were to start (fire at one and mudslide at second). Alas, it’s her third attempt (however, “third times the charm” doesn’t bode well in this novel) for the happy coup
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Megan
This book was okay. I really had to fight myself to finish it, because about a quarter of the way in, I was just really sick of Savannah's cliche Southern speak. Obviously, people love this series as this book seems to have 4 stars, but once again, I disagree with the majority. It was okay, could have been more involved of a plot, and could have been less cliche. Maybe I should have started at book #1 though!
Library-KAT
Dirk & Savannah are finally getting married... that is, maybe. Three of their weddings have gone up in flames, down in a slide of mud, & now the nasty wedding planner has up & got herself murdered in the Bridal Suite.

To make matters worse Savannah's nasty, selfish, rude family have taken over her house.... making her near death experience even harder to deal with....

I really like Dirk, Savannah, Tammy, Waycross, & Gran...but the others... I'm just not into enablers, which is what
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Marie
In Buried in Buttercream, P.I Savannah Reid is all set to marry Dirk Coulter. When Madeline Aberson, the wedding planner, turns up dead, though, the wedding is put on hold so that Savannah and Dirk can solve the mystery.

I thought this book was just okay. Luckily, it was a quick and all in all pretty fun to read. I was really in the mood for something that wouldn't take much effort on my part; this one fit the bill. However, there were many times I wished that I had read the previous book or boo
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Nora-adrienne
Buried in Buttercream
By G.A. McKevett
Copyright April 2012
Publisher: Kensington Books

After a recent brush with death, plus-sized P.I. and bride-to-be Savannah Reid has decided to stop sweating the small stuff. But when an event planner comes in to arrange her wedding, Savannah discovers that murder can ruin even the best laid plans…

Hailed as the wedding planner to the stars, Madeline Aberson has orchestrated some of the most exclusive soirees in Hollywood. But when Madeline becomes embroiled in
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Dee Haddrill
Ms McKevett has done it again. Another awesome episode in the life of Savannah Reid!

After two failed attempts to marry her long-time partner (and recently realised love), Dirk Coulter, everyone hoped the third time would be the charm, but before Savannah can walk down the aisle, she finds her wedding planner, floating dead in a pool at the country club. Finding the killer becomes the focus of Savannah and Dirk, but the biggest problem comes when the wedding planner is found to have more enemies
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Nancy Narma
“To Have and To Hold…In Custody??”

Everything seemed in perfect order for the long-awaited wedding of Savannah Reid and Dirk Coulter until an arsonist torched their plans and their venue; the local community center, along with Savannah’s gown and the special touches that were worked on so lovingly for their reception.. All went up in a puff of smoke and left them with a sad reminder in ashes. Watching their dreams go up in flames was not what they had planned for their wedding night. Neither was
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Patricia
AAn enjoyable book. Savannah Reid and Dick Coulter have made it to the altar at least twice when disaster struck, preventing the nuptial from actually taking place. In the meantime, Savannah's small home (with 1-1.2 baths) is bursting with 15 family house guests who have come to see Savannah and Dick get married. They are loud, messy and seem to have bladders the size of thimbles and Savannah loves everyone of them. However, this leaves absolutely no quiet time for Savannah and Dick. On top of t ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This was only the second time I had read a book from this series and it was years ago. The first thing very evident, to me, was I truly need to read the rest of the series and then re-read "Buried in Buttercream." Although the book is a murder mystery, there is so much reflecting back to when Savannah (main character) was shot from an earlier novel, that it was unsettling to me.

Savannah and her fiance, a policeman, Dirk Coulter are getting married, that is until there is a fire, a mudslide, and
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Julie Barrett
Buried in Buttercream A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett
Something about the title made me want to read this book.
From the first page it's action packed and a mystery all in one. She won't just stand there
and let things happen. She is a policewoman and on her wedding day, just an hour before it
was to happen the community hall where it was to take place burns and with all her wedding
apparel and that of the bridesmaids. She looks at the crowd and figures out who it is and goes
after them. She
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Julie Barrett
Buried in Buttercream A Savannah Reid Mystery by G.A. McKevett
Something about the title made me want to read this book.
From the first page it's action packed and a mystery all in one. She won't just stand there
and let things happen. She is a policewoman and on her wedding day, just an hour before it
was to happen the community hall where it was to take place burns and with all her wedding
apparel and that of the bridesmaids. She looks at the crowd and figures out who it is and goes
after them. Sh
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Alison S
Not my normal kind of book, but a good mystery, cop, detective novel every now and then is a good change up. Well, actually many of the things I read have those, they just also normally have some aspect or the paranormal, be it magic or otherworldly characters.
Anyhow.... enjoyed Savannah Reid, ass she is a strong and determined over 40 gal. She had a lot of doubts, but kept up her fight to make progress everyday.

May comeback to this series someday in the future.
Kat
this was the newest of teh savannah books. she finally marries her cop friend after all these years. but it took 3 or 4 tries, due to a fire in teh hall and a murder in the hotel. i dont know why they had to wait, why would they have to solve the murder before getting married? they should have saved all the money and hassle and gotten married on the beach to begin with

i dont know if hes going to move into her house and what hes going to do with his trailer now. i hope he cleans up his act and ac
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Rachelle
Simple book. Simple writing. Unwitty banter trying to play like it's smarter than it is. Predictable scenes. Cheesy, unrealistic happy endings (the sixteen year old prostitute who just needed to be driven to the bus stop, given some cash, and told to go home to her pretty bedroom and loving brother - and suddenly she's all better).

All of the characters around the main one seem to be these extreme stereotypes. Nothing subtle about them.

And I'm distinctly tired of how the character of Tammy is p
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Julie
This is not my favorite Savannah Reid mystery. The drama around the murder investigation is a bit flat. The romance between Savannah and Dirk was nice to read. They have known each other for so long and only reciently, due to a near death experience, realized that they love each other and plan to get married. The wedding planner's murder puts things on hold. The worst part about the wedding being delayed is that Savannah's horrible family members have to hang around mooching off her and being co ...more
Trisha
I really enjoyed this although got a bit sick of the Reid family bickering. I'm also very glad I had read previous reviews which said they wished they'd read the previous book due to all the references to it. They were right and I was very glad to have read it just before this. I can't believe all the calamadies that befell Savannah and Dirk as they kept trying to get married. I loved Gran's "lecture" to Savannah on forgiveness I as was beginning to tired of her wallowing in what had happened. O ...more
R J Mckay
In "Buried in Buttercream" , detective Savannah Reid is attempting to marry Dirk Coulter. However, pesky things keep getting in her way. First, the Community center is torched, reducing her dress and those of her brides'maids to ashes. The culprit is caught and soon another wedding is being planned. Friends John and Ryan offer Savannah the services of Madeline Aberson, the 'wedding planner to the stars'. However, before the vows can be spoken, Ms Aberson, is found dead. Savannah and Disk are onc ...more
Susan
A Savannah Reid mystery where someone dares to try and mess up Savannah's long-time-coming wedding to Dirk. For fans of this series, that is probably review enough :)

Overall, another fun read in this series.
Laurel
I've all of G.A. McKevett's books, not just for the entertainment factor, but I like that the foundation of them is a basic respect for each other's differences and the value of love.
Susan
PI Savannah Reid is ready to marry policeman Dirk Coulter, but their first attempt ends when an arsonist torches the venue. Then there's the mudslide. Then, just as Savannah is ready to walk down the aisle, she discovers a body. The murderer has really irritated Savannah, and she and Dirk go after him. Hey, it's a way to get out of Savannah's small house, which is filled with her large Georgia family, come to California to attend the wedding. Savannah is also dealing with issues left over from t ...more
Laura Landis
I like this series but this one seemed to drag out waaaaay too long. I still liked the book and will continue to read the series.
Shannon
This series is a fun easy read. It's nice to break up the heaviness that I sometimes read every now and then. This is the 17th book in the series. I had read the 16th book prior to this and enjoyed it more than this one. I still enjoyed my time with Savannah and Dirk, but with the rest of Savannah's family in this book I found it muddied up the story telling. Oh and the story was a bit of a stretch. Hey, I'm not all that picky when it comes to books. I just want to be entertained so I'm willing ...more
Nancy S
All Dirk and Savannah wanted to do was get married, but multiple interruptions interfered with their wedded bliss. Capturing an arsonist would prove to be easy but finding the person who murdered their wedding planner took us on an outing of pure delight.

The adventures, the laughter, the worries, the camaraderie and the search for a killer kept me guessing in this exciting and amusing whodunit. A great cast including the eccentric and quirky Reid family and witty and at times hilarious dialogue
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Elaine Lautzenheiser
Had to force myself to finish it. Not the quality I am used to reading. I will not be reading any other books in this series. Y
Shirley Worley
Plus sized PI Savannah and her Detective BF have been thwarted three times trying to get married. With her large family staying with Savannah, the tight quarters and all the bickering are a nuisance to her and Dirk while they try to solve the murder of their wedding planner. Lots of romance, typical family squables, and sleuthing are a good mix for this mystery. She mentions her injuries received before the nupitals were planned, so I plan to find a previous book ot fill in the questions about t ...more
Molly
3.5 stars here.....quick, light read. Somewhat cheesy at times, but overall a good quick read
Tracy Tibbels
This is the second food/mystery book I've read. I'm not really impressed. I guess I think, if they put food on the cover, maybe they'll include recipes or something? Or at least be interesting? Okay, to be totally honest, I didn't have great expectations for this book. I grabbed it because I knew I was going to need a piece of fluff to read after the one I read before it. Despite the fact that this was a murder mystery, it was, indeed, fluff. I didn't hate it. It's just that I was only mildly en ...more
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Since publication of her first novel in 1986, Sonja Massie has authored over fifty published works, including the highly popular and critically acclaimed SAVANNAH REID MYSTERIES under the pseudonym G. A. McKevett.

Sonja's novels range from Irish historicals to contemporary thrillers. Her earthy humor and fast-paced plots delight her fans, while critics applaud her offbeat characterizations and inci
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